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Haysville resident subdues suspect by putting him into a headlock

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at 1:02 p.m.

A man driving a stolen car picked the wrong spot to try to ditch the car and flee on Monday.

Pursued by police who recognized the silver Corvette as one reported stolen in Derby, the 30-year-old man embarked on an attempt to escape that took him from the 1000 block of West 61st South to the 200 block of Alexander in Haysville, Lt. Joe Schroeder said.

At one point in the chase, he stopped to let off a female passenger, who was found and held for questioning by police. The driver of the stolen car got out in the 200 block of Alexander, which is just west of Seneca and north of Grand in Haysville.

He confronted a resident and then got into a scuffle with him, Schroeder said. The resident overpowered the suspect and had him in a headlock when police arrived on the scene, Schroeder said.

Officers checking the Corvette found several loaded magazines, so they brought a K-9 unit to search the surrounding area for a gun. The dog found a weapon that uses the magazines nearby, Schroeder said, suggesting the suspect had thrown it down as he tried to escape.

The man was booked into jail on a variety of suspected offenses, including auto theft and possession of a firearm by a felon. His 31-year-old passenger was questioned and released.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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